565 Great Northern Way and Pavilion is a commercial and retail development by architecture firm Perkins and Will in Vancouver, Canada. The overlapping shingles which emulate a flower, are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat, and custom fabricated by Keith Panel Systems.
In April 2020, Salt Lake City’s Fire Station No. 14 earned LEED Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council for its energy-efficient, environmentally responsible design and construction. When it opened in 2018, it was one of the first net-zero-energy (NZE) fire stations in the country, meaning it generates more energy than it consumes. Helping achieve the building’s performance goals, Tubelite Inc.’s triple-glazed thermal curtainwall, multi-pane storefront and interior framing systems were installed by Mollerup Glass Co.
The award-winning Half Moon Bay Library in Calif., designed by Noll & Tam, LEED Platinum certified and designed to achieve net-zero energy. Sustainable features include a photovoltaic array, bioswales, recycled materials, ample daylight, a highly efficient building envelope, high performance HVAC systems, and low water use fixtures and drought tolerant planting—weaving sustainable elements through all parts of the site, building, and design.
Oldcastle APG’s Echelon and Belgard sustainable materials integral to reservoir megaproject as Atlanta’s iconic Bellwood quarry opens floodgates
The Bellwood Quarry, Atlanta’s iconic filming locale, awaits its closing scene as plans move forward for a transformation that will greatly impact residents. No longer will the mini canyon be featured as a Walking Dead zombie pit or a Stranger Things supernatural playground. Georgia’s landmark crater is now being filled with more than 2 billion gallons of water to create the state’s largest reservoir.
Spanning 84,300 square meters (907,400 square feet), the Zaha Hadid-designed Opus was conceived as two separate towers that coalesce into a singular whole—taking the form of a cube. The cube’s double-glazed insulating façades incorporate a UV coating and a mirrored frit pattern to reduce solar gain. Applied around the entire building, this dotted frit patterning emphasizes the clarity of the building’s orthogonal form, while at the same time, dissolving its volume through the continuous play of light varying between ever-changing reflections and transparency.
Every inch of Washington, D.C.-based International Spy Museum was designed and constructed to capture the essence of espionage, secrecy and intrigue. Designed by London-based lead architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in collaboration with Hickok Cole of Washington, D.C., the 140,000-square-foot building quickly has become recognizable for its distinct and dynamic identity. Rockfon products help contribute to the intensive, quiet and focused feeling that permeates the space.
UCONN selected the team of JCJ Architecture and Moody Nolan to undertake the design for a new Student Recreation Center. Designed to sit at the epicenter of the 105-acre Storrs campus, this new 191,000-square-foot facility replaces the existing 25,000-square-foot Rec Center and transforms the institution’s ability to offer comprehensive programs, facilities, and services that foster personal growth and wellness.
The Klotski, designed by Graham Baba Architects, is a three-story, mixed-use infill building situated in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Reflecting the eclectic vibrancy and gritty nature of the neighborhood, the 10,041-square-foot CMU and steel-framed building houses a beer hall, an office, a maker space, a studio, and a small caretaker’s apartment. Riffing on the idea of shifting uses and planes, the design takes its visual cue from a sliding tile puzzle, also known as a klotski, where the object is to rearrange tiles to solve the puzzle.
Fire Station 22 in Seattle, designed by Weinstein A+U, was conceived in response to two fundamental constraints: a very small and narrow site, and an operational imperative for a drive-through apparatus bay. In addition, Fire Station 22 achieved LEED Platinum Certification with highly efficient mechanical and plumbing systems, PV panels, and the use of harvested rainwater for 100% of the station’s non-potable water uses.
The new owners of Mountain View Corporate Center in California, Rockwood Capital, invested in updating three buildings from concrete exteriors to a modern copper-colored metal panel façade. Linetec finished more than 23,000 square feet of aluminum panels in its proprietary Copper Anodize. Along with the high-tech aesthetic, the durable anodize supports the property’s sustainability goals and protects the aluminum panels fabricated by Morin Corporation and installed by Sheet Metal Systems (SMS).
WRNS Studio’s role as Academic Architect involved the prototyping of learning environments to be woven throughout the expanded campus as well as the design of two new buildings, the Arts and Computational Sciences Building and the Academic Leadership and Enrollment Center. A hearth and connector, the Arts and Computational Sciences Building interprets the Live/Learn motif on its site and within the campus. The building links a new academic quad with future housing and extends a primary circulation path through the existing and new parts of the campus. A brise-soleil, with angled cast-in-place concrete columns, runs along the south side of the building, offering students an outdoor, sheltered gathering space and comfortable transition from the quad to the interior.
Partnering with the Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota community members had the goal of enhancing the area’s rich cultural landscape by transforming the historic high school building into the region’s first museum dedicated to contemporary art – the Sarasota Museum of Art. The existing windows had all exceeded their life span, and many of them had broken lites, air and water leaks, and they were extremely weak in terms of impact resistance. Lawson Group Architects, Inc. developed a plan to replace these windows, improve the structural integrity of the areas around the windows, and make them weather-proof – all while maintaining the historic design of the building’s facade.
Sideyard, an innovative, mixed-use building in Portland, Oregon designed by Skylab, was conceived as a working-class building aimed at public transportation connectivity, pedestrian openness, and bicycle priority access. Purposely employing materials and techniques distinct to this time and place, the 9,000 sq. ft. wedge-shaped building features a new CLT structural system with an open ground level commuter oriented retail environments geared toward guests and tenants. On the exterior, the workspace above is wrapped in brick masonry with the building acting as an anchor for the Burnside Bridge and a gateway to the Portland’s eastside community.
Wichita’s Advanced Learning Library (ALL) in Kansas is the city’s newest and largest public library, replacing the old downtown branch. According to Rockfon’s Optimized Acoustics™ design approach, the first step to optimal acoustics in any space is to assess the amount of sound absorption needed from the ceiling based on the likelihood of noise and the sensitivity of the occupants’ activities to noise. “In a modern public library, there can be high noise levels at the same time that many people need to concentrate,” continued Madaras. “In the case of the ALL, the ceilings had to provide the best level of sound absorption as possible, an NRC of 0.90 or higher.”
Navajo Tribal Utility Authority’s office blends Tubelite’s modern, high-performance systems with traditional, culturally inspired design
The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority’s new headquarters brings together administrative departments within its 80,000-square-foot offices located in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Dyron Murphy Architects, a Native-American owned business, said its design was inspired by Navajo cultural elements. Traditional building materials are complemented by modern, high-performance, aluminum-framed curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems manufactured by Tubelite Inc. and installed by Southwest Glass & Glazing.
Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse in Bullhead City, Ariz., designed by Orcutt Winslow and constructed by Fleming West, features EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.’s LIGHTWALL 3440® interlocking wall system installed by Systems Contractors Inc. (SCI). The resulting translucent building envelope maximizes natural lighting during the day and creates a soft glowing appearance when lit from the inside at night. High light levels, solar control and durability were equally important attributes for the project.
The G5 Brewing Company in Beloit, Wisconsin, is a legacy project that celebrates family and the places they call home. The Cushing Terrell design balances local vernacular, contemporary details, and western materials to create a timeless brewery and restaurant to gather for good company and a pint or two.
Originally constructed in 1894, a devastating fire claimed the historic Pearl Bottling House in 2003. Pearl salvaged as much from the rubble as possible, and hired Clayton & Little to rebuild the 13,132-square-foot structure as a modern interpretation of a lost Classical Revival jewel that would serve as a venue for emerging chefs and culinary talent. Pulling architectural cues from historic photos and drawings of the original building, decorative brick corbeling and stone arches reference the enchanting architecture of the 1890’s. A modified version of original wood truss design accommodates a cupola, spilling light into the hall below while acting as a nightly beacon that illuminates the surrounding complex.
With Mansueto High School, designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects, Noble Network of Charter Schools has transformed 5.5 acres of industrial brownfield in Chicago’s largest “park desert” into a place of great opportunity for its students. The 67,000-sq. ft. two-story school structure, with a dark brick exterior and a light, gray metal panel interior, wraps almost completely around a landscaped courtyard. The use of masonry anchors the building’s identity, replicating the historical context of the site, providing a sense of protection, and shielding interior functions from the traffic noise created along the busy industrial thoroughfare.